The sudden drastic shift to a home office, limited to no contact with others, and more things online now have become the new norm. A weary uncertainty of “will things ever return?” lingers in the air.
People continue to struggle globally as the coronavirus continues to climb, affecting 65 million people and counting. Now, added anxiety, stress, and isolation are taking an emotional toll on those wondering if their former lives will ever return to what once was “normal.” As people wait for a normal that resembles something they once knew to return, connection with others is more important than ever.
That’s why if you or someone you know hasn’t taken up the challenge to learn to navigate the digital world yet, now is the time to start. Empowerment through learning, no matter your age, is essential to maintaining positivity and creating more options for renewed engagement and connection in uncertain times.
Learning Geared Toward Older Adults
GetSetUp provides live online sessions on tech tools, apps, health and wellness, and many more topics geared towards older adult learners. Those who started this year less tech-savvy than younger members of the population are especially vulnerable to being disconnected. GetSetUp offers re-skilled retired educators as Guides to teach their peers’ online tools and other classes to help them feel more independent, empowered, and connected. Classes are taught in small groups so that learners work at their own pace in a supportive environment. Classes teach tools like how to use your smartphone, healthy meals in 30 minutes or less, and how to host events on Zoom to ensure confidence, ease of use, and independence.
When the pandemic crisis hit, GetSetUp already had a solid core team of Guides to help teach people and wanted to provide support to our customer base and the public at large. Therefore, they provided access to 40+ FREE live online classes focused on older learners to help get them up to speed quickly on essential technology for life in the current pandemic stay-at-home situation. These included skills such as grocery delivery, telemedicine solutions, Zoom, Uber, and more.
The goal was to help reduce the stress of adults who normally act as ‘tech geniuses’ for their parents or grandparents by providing live remote help for adults who have been cut off from their in-person help. Classes are taught in an interactive, self-paced hands-on setting with peers who have been there and done that!
GetSetUp helped train senior school teachers in distance learning through partnering with The Learning Accelerator. They helped these teachers understand how to effectively use tools such as Google Classroom, Zoom, and other online teaching tools.
With the second wave of the pandemic and winter approaching -- which will limit mobility for many people -- GetSetUp is ready to meet the challenge. Classes are provided daily around a variety of topics from creativity, health, wellness, to the classic technology classes. Plus now Social Hours offer a chance for learners to join and share their wealth of knowledge on a shared topic of interest or participate in fun activities together from playing cards to trading movie recommendations. There is a little bit of something for everyone.
GetSetUp created a platform that enables seniors to serve as the superheroes of today’s economy, tapping a huge, growing population of retired educators to help teach essential tech skills to their peers. Organizations, companies, and the government see GetSetUp as a crucial resource to help teach older and/or less-tech savvy consumer tech products. Organizations such as AARP, Assisted Livings, the YMCA, used GetSetUp to provided tools for older adults around staying connected and health and wellness.
GetSetUp continues to gain momentum and grow.
Contact GetSetUp today to find out how we can help your company effectively communicate with older consumers, connect for better learning, and how the older adult learners in your life can feel a part of a fun and educational community during social isolation.